Luke Durbridge: ‘When the world champion rocks up it makes me lift my level’

The Mitchelton-Scott rider celebrates a second Aussie TT victory over Rohan Dennis

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Luke Durbridge has cause to celebrate early in 2020 after beating time trial world champion Rohan Dennis to the Australian national title for a second consecutive year.

Mitchelton-Scott rider Durbridge bested Dennis by 18 seconds in the southern state of Victoria on Wednesday (January 8) in the Australian National Time Trial Championships to take his fourth career title.

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.